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PUBLISHED: 02:15 05 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

SHE tells a cracking story!

Austrian volunteer Christl Stadler had children at Ipswich library enthralled when she read them a story - but she had an important message for the grown ups too.

SHE tells a cracking story!

Austrian volunteer Christl Stadler had children at Ipswich library enthralled when she read them a story – but she had an important message for the grown ups too.

The 54-year-old from Frastanz in Voralberg is among a group of over-50s taking part in a volunteering exercise organised by the European Union, as part of the International Year of Volunteers.

In total 23 people from eight nations have come to the UK and Christl, who volunteers in her library back home said that so far she has found the experience rewarding.

"It was very interesting for me to see the home library service and the mobile library which we don't have back home," she said.

"I have been made to feel very welcome here. Everybody is very open minded and they all accept my English."

Christl, who is lodging with library staff throughout her two-week stay, will leave for home on Saturday.

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